a few DIY homemade musical instruments from Dennis Havlena




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Published on Jun 2, 2007

Hi - Here's a short sampling of a few of the simple home made instruments whose
construction is detailed on my webpage at
This video was made in my back yard, on the spur of the moment and is not intended
to be fancy music -- just to show some of the instruments, which include -- in order:

- 3 string cookie-tin banjo with weed- whip line strings. Tune is "the Cuckoo".

- "Tambiro" made from a new (never-been-filled) 20 Lb. propane tank. Building this instrument gave me the idea for inventing my propane tank "hank drum" (a humble alternative to the hang drum)

- My "Fiddle-Gurdy" combination fiddle & Hurdy Gurdy. Much fun! I apologize for the squeak here and there -- I was impatient to get things on Youtube. Tune is an old French Canadian Voyageur's melody, "En Roullant Ma Boulle".
Inspiration from Yuichi Onoue's "Kaisatsuko".

- My 4-string, full sized wash-tub bass. Holds it's own nicely in a band situation.

- Simple Hardanger fiddle conversion. 4 strings playing & 4 strings sympathetic that run through a tunnel carved into the underside of the fingerboard. Tunes are "Road to Boston" (aka "Col. Greene's March") and "Over the Waterfall".

- Low D Tin-Whistle made from a shower-curtain rod for a few dollars. Tune is made up on the spot (& it sounds it!).

- Octave Mandolin (aka bozouki, cittern) converted from an old guitar. Tune is the
"Boys of Bluehill" hornpipe.

PS: I just put another short video on
YouTube of my PVC tubing instrument that
plays like a hang drum, at this web address:

PS: Also see my propane-tank hank drum at:

My webpage describing building these homemade instruments is at this URL:

GREAT NEWS: although a real, Swiss-made hang drum is extremely difficult to obtain these days, Pantheon Steel, a maker of beautiful steel drums ("steel pans") is just starting to sell their version of the Hang drum called the HALO hand-pan. See for details.
They have a demo video & the Halo sounds beautiful!

Later note: also see this youtube video:

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